Balancing fasting, worship and study in Ramadan can be a challenge, especially for Year 11 and 12 students trying to push through content, assignments and exam revision. Here are a few tips to get you on track with your studies during the month of Ramadan.
Plan, Plan and Plan
Planning is always important for students to help direct their focus and concentration at any time, but when your concentration levels are lower and wavering, it makes sense to make the most of your time. List out all the homework, assignment and study you need to complete the following day. Organise these tasks according to priority and write down how long you are willing to dedicate to each task. Finally, develop a timetable, including your tasks in order of priority, that works for your routine and commitments. Make sure to give yourselves breaks – you will need them. In your breaks, rest up, read Qur’an or listen to a beneficial talk.
It is important to recognise your limitations. You can’t do as much work or study as you might have before Ramadan – your body just won’t be able to cope. Learn to adapt and set realistic goals of what you expect to complete in Ramadan.
Even though you can’t eat for most of the day, it’s important that when you do, you eat healthy. Drink plenty of water between Iftar and Suhoor, to make sure you are not too dehydrated during the day. Dehydration will cause difficulty in concentrating whilst you attempt to study during the day. Suhoor is an important Sunnah, but it also helps with energy levels during the day – so make sure to have a balanced and healthy Suhoor.
In your schedule, make sure to include short power naps. You will need these to keep up your energy levels during the day. This will help you stay focussed and able to maximise your study time.